Graham Defends Trump Over Manhattan Trial: ‘The Whole Thing Is BS’
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 14: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during the news conference in the U.S. Capitol to propose a resolution that "puts Iran on notice" not to expand Israel-Hamas war on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is seen in the background.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) defended former President Donald Trump this week against the criminal charges that he faces from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, saying that he believes the entire case is “BS.”

Graham made the remarks during a Sunday interview with Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when they discussed the ongoing prosecutions against Trump.

“If he’s convicted in any of these trials, would it change my view? No,” Graham said. “I think all these trials are political. I think it’s selective prosecution. I think what’s going on in New York is an outrage. The case is eight years ago. They created a crime just for Trump. I think it’s selective prosecution for political purposes.”

“I think the Jack Smith trial is selective prosecution,” he continued. “They didn’t go after Clinton, they didn’t go after Biden on classified information breaches. So I think most Americans are not going to decide how to vote based on Trump’s legal troubles, but the troubles they face, inflation, crime, a broken border.”

Graham said that polling indicated that people cared far more about their own problems and the issues that impact them than they do about Trump’s legal problems.


When speaking about Bragg’s case in New York, Graham said: “I think the whole thing is a crock. The statute of limitations has long shut out the misdemeanor cases. So this liberal prosecutor in Manhattan came up with a federal campaign violation that the state of New York, Southern District of New York, looked at, the Federal Election Commission, looked at, Jack Smith looked at, and decided not to prosecute.”

“Alvin Bragg took a case that was rejected by the federal government to resurrect these misdemeanors. I think it’s a political hit job on Trump six months before the election. That’s what I think,” he added. “I think the whole thing is BS. Yes, I think it’s all BS, yes, political BS.”


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